Ursula K. Le Guin’s writing habits

What is your ideal writing routine? For novelist Ursula K. Le Guin, it was all about writing in the morning, reading in the afternoon, and playing at night. Criss-crossing such experiences throughout the day was a boon to her creativity. Through a process of production, consumption, and rest, she built a proper system for keeping […]

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Take the same path to the office every day? Do the same exercises and work the same muscles? Write on the same topic? I personally have a tendency to do all these things, mostly because I don’t have to think twice. But habit is such a rut-creating experience that atrophies curiosity and strength over time. […]

Get active

When you become bored or disinterested, do something hard. Get comfortable with the unknown and the fear of failing. Look back at everything you’ve achieved to date. Most of it came through hard work and a little bit of risk. Now, look into the future. The same formula of diligence and audacity is the only way […]

A Routine Matter

Every habit can be broken down into three parts: a cue, a routine, and a reward. The cue can be a location, an emotional state, a person or group of people, an event—practically anything. For Duhigg’s cookie habit, it was the time of day. The routine is the action that constitutes the habit: eating a […]

Find a Different Routine

Routines just work. Whether it’s exercise or leaving for work at the same time every day, we structure our lives around to-dos that put us on automatic. Stuff gets done, we’re generally happy for crossing them off the list, and then we move on and do them again. But routines stifle creativity. Staying open to […]

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